Counseling Services

Initial Screening

Students meet with a counselor to discuss whatever concerns or issues have prompted the student to seek or explore counseling. The counselor will explain the counseling process and offer thoughts on the next steps in the counseling process and/or other recommendations for support on presenting concerns. Students will be asked to complete a 1-page Pre-Intake Screening and an Informed Consent form during this meeting.


Individual, couples, and group (check online for specific offerings) counseling is available to all full-time and part-time students. Counseling is completely confidential and provided at no extra cost to students.

Referral Assistance

Referral assistance is provided for any student who is looking to seek services in the community. The most common referrals are for medication management or complimentary services not offered through the University such as 12-step meetings.


The Counseling Center offers workshops on topics of interest to students at Holy Family University. Check with the Counseling Center or the campus calendar for current topics and dates.

Services for Faculty and Staff

The Counseling Center does not provide counseling services to Holy Family University faculty, staff or administrators. Legal and ethical guidelines prohibit "dual relationships" and thus it would be inappropriate for Counseling Center staff to provide professional services to colleagues. Counseling Center staff are willing to provide referral resources of broader scope to individuals upon request. All employees are encouraged to contact Human Resources to discuss mental health benefits that are available.

Included below are two readily available resources a faculty/staff member may wish to access:

  • The United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania offers "First Call for Help", a clearinghouse of free resources and referral services for faculty and staff. Representatives are available M-Fr, 9:00-5:00 pm at 215-568-3750. Brochures for this service are available in Human Resources, HFH 209 and in the Counseling Center Resource Room, CC 205.
  • UNUM's Worklife Balance Program offers free phone, face-to-face & online EAP resources for full-time employees and faculty of Holy Family University, with 24 hour access at 800-854-1446 or visit (user ID & password is lifebalance)